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Motion eGroup Week of September 15

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Helps the Poor
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 5:1-12
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV



Motion check-in sheet (1), Legos (bag of 500)

Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Motion check-in sheet.
Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
What’s something cool that happened this week?
What was the best part of your week?
Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
What are you looking forward to next week?
Once you have five to six kids begin playing Master Builders!
Give each kid a handful of Legos. Leave the rest of the Legos where they are easily accessible so kids can get more as needed.
Encourage kids to build something that represents a way they’ve helped someone recently.
eGL Tip: Give kids ideas to get them started, such as building a trash can to represent helping their mom take out the trash, building a sandwich to represent sharing their lunch with a friend who left theirs at home, or building a bear to represent sharing their favorite teddy bear with their little sister when she cried.)
When a kid finishes building their creation, encourage the other kids to guess what they think it is. Once another kid has correctly guessed what it is, allow the kid who built it to share the story behind it.
Continue allowing kids to guess and share about their Lego creations as long as time allows.



WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games! Before we go any farther, let’s get to know each other a little better.”

Point out four corners of the eGroup space and number them one through four.
Read the first question below, along with the four potential answers for the question, and encourage kids to choose their answer by standing in the corner with the same number.
Once all kids have chosen a corner, tell kids to introduce themselves to at least two other kids in the same corner.
Repeat for the second question.

“Let’s see who would choose the same answer as you!”
“If you could give your least favorite ‘dirty job’ to someone else for a whole year, who would you choose to give it to?”
Corner 1: your mom or dad
Corner 2: a brother or sister
Corner 3: your best friend
Corner 4: a kid who sits near you at school
“If you had to do one of these dirty jobs, which one would you choose?”
Corner 1: hauling dead fish off of fishing boats
Corner 2: emptying a garbage can full of dirty diapers
Corner 3: wiping sweat off the weight machines at a gym
Corner 4: scrubbing sticky food out of pots and pans

Encourage kids to sit in a circle.

“Before we head to Large Group, let’s review our three Motion rules:
Jump in! What can you do to help yourself stay engaged in the Motion experience? (participate in discussions, games, and activities; worship enthusiastically; have a great attitude)
Listen up! How can you show respect to others? (listen to and follow leaders’ directions, stay quiet when others are talking)
ACT out! ACT stand for Accept others, Choose kindness, and Take responsibility. How can your actions help others have a great experience?” (intentionally include everyone, use kind words, keeping my hands to myself, owning my actions)



WHAT YOU NEED: picture cards (3 sets of 6), leader sheet (1)

Make sure all picture cards in each set are in order and have the numbered side face-up. (Numbers are found in the bottom right corner.)
Divide kids into three teams. Give each team card number one and make sure they are only looking at the numbered side.
Explain these cards show a zoomed-in part of a picture. Teams will work together to guess what the full picture shows.
Encourage teams to study their picture cards and try to decide what they think the picture is. Teams should discuss quietly so the other teams don’t hear their guesses!
Give teams about 30 seconds to discuss, then ask a representative from each team to share what they think the picture is. If the team guess correctly, let them keep the card. If they guessed incorrectly, they should give the card back to you.
Read the scenario from the leader sheet for that picture.
Repeat these steps for each of the remaining picture cards. The team holding the most picture cards at the end wins!
“Just like Nehemiah looked around and saw his people in need, there are people all around us who need something. Some need food, some need help with a difficult task, or some may just need a friend. But rather than waiting for someone else to step in and help them, we should follow Nehemiah’s example and step in to help fill the need ourselves. Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.”


WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

“Think about the people you spend time with on a regular basis. What needs do you think some of them could have?”
“Sometimes kids feel like they don’t have much to offer when it comes to helping people. But I bet you can do more than you think! What are some of the ways you can help people around you?”
“There are going to be some needs you can’t necessarily meet by yourself. Who are some people you could ask for help when you see a need that needs to be met?”
“Let’s practice thinking through some ways you could help people in need. Share some ways could show initiative and help someone in need in each of the following situations using only things you already have.”
“How could you help someone who is being treated unfairly at school?”
“How could you help your brother or sister when they’re tired and cranky?”
“How could you help a kid who has missed a lot of school because he’s been sick?”
“How could you help your mom when she’s had a rough week and is feeling too tired to do anything exciting over the weekend?”

“God, You know all the needs of the people in the world. Sometimes the needs seem too big for us, but we also know there are things we can do to help. Please remind us this week: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need. We pray that we would be the ones to step forward and help someone this week. Amen.”



Bibles, Legos (bag of 500)

Divide kids into two teams.
Have kids sit with their teams and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 5 in their Bibles. (NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible, and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.)
Encourage kids to mark this passage, either with the bookmark in their Bible or by sticking a pen in the page, and then close their Bibles.
Explain teams will answer questions about the Bible story. If they can remember and give the correct answer on their own, their team will earn five Legos. If they can’t remember the answer, but can find the answer in their Bibles, their team will earn three Legos. If they answer incorrectly, they must give one Lego back. The team who builds the tallest Lego wall by the end wins!
Choose one kid from each team to be the spokesperson. After quietly discussing the answer as a team, the spokesperson will stand when they are ready to give an answer.
Ask one of the questions below. Encourage teams to discuss their answers and have the spokesperson stand when they’re ready to answer. Remind kids they can look up the answer in their Bibles for a reduced number of Legos (three instead of five).
Invite the spokesperson for each team to whisper the answer to you. (After both teams have answered, be sure to announce the correct answer in front of the whole group.) As they answer, award the appropriate number of Legos and encourage teams to stack the Legos to build walls. After all questions have been answered, the team with the tallest wall wins!

“Did the men and their wives raise complaints against other Jews or against the king?” (against other Jews)
“What did they say they needed to make food from?” (grain)
“What did they have to borrow to pay their taxes?” (money)
“What happened to their sons and daughters?” (They were enslaved.)
“Was Nehemiah confused or angry when he heard about their problems?” (angry)
“When Nehemiah accused the Jewish nobles and officials of treating their people unfairly, did they argue back or keep quiet because they knew he was right?” (They kept quiet.)
“When Nehemiah demanded that the leaders give their fields back and treat the people more fairly, did they agree to do it?” (yes)